UN to help Burundi flood and landslide victims recover

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Fifty-one people have died due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in the capital Bujumbura, in the east African nation of Burundi.

The UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) confirmed the news on Tuesday, quoting official sources.

The majority of victims were children, a BNUB spokesperson said.

Houses collapsed and roads were destroyed.

Vladimir Monteiro is a public information officer for BNUB.

"The floods destroyed more than 400 houses. People lack everything, a place to stay, food and the Government already started responding to the needs but they made an appeal to the national populations but also to international organizations to help them respond to the consequences, the needs that people are facing. United Nations in Burundi has already met with international partners to see how to give a coordinated answer to see what is needed."

The UN Office in Burundi's mandate has been extended for a full year, although the Government of Burundi requested that BNUB close its doors mid-2014.

The country is scheduled to hold presidential elections in 2015.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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